2020 has seen a new generation enter the workforce in large numbers – Gen Z; those born between 1996 and 2010. This is also the first time that modern workplaces are catering to four very different generations and battling a pandemic!
Read the top 6 things you should know about your Gen Z team member:
- Fast Communicators – if you want a quick answer use electronic communication. They prefer to connect electronically, think about how your business can use technology to your advantage. On the flipside Gen Z can struggle with verbal communication; showing them how it can enhance their work will offer them new learning.
- Competitive Spirit – They usually love competition, especially with themselves. Give them challenging tasks and they’re sure to thrive. Learning by gamification is the next wave, get on board, set some challenges for them to achieve.
- Tech is a way of life – Expect them to rely heavily on tech tools in all areas of their work. Give them the opportunity to review and implement time saving through Tech.
- Short Term Focus – if it’s not of interest them they will quickly filter things out. Don’t misread a lack of interest for a lack of focus. For an employer this means giving them a reason to pay attention, eg: giving them the bigger picture even if their role only plays a small part. This also links back to the competitive spirit – feeling that they are doing something with an outcome/reason.
- Transparency Wins – Brought up in a socially connected world, they demand authenticity in their dealings with others. They want transparency in their conversations at work and workflow. Our advice – be direct and clear.
- Exercising Choice – They like making their own choices, involving them in decisions/ideas is a great to way to have them connect to that idea. When recruiting them to your team, highlight the benefits and challenges they will be exposed to in the role.
There’s no doubt that this generation will change the workplace as we know it and present opportunities for improvement, and there’s little doubt they will keep company leaders on their toes in order to really tap into the benefits they have to offer!
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